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Protection And Care

Psalm 121:7-8

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

I remember when our oldest was just a toddler. Her mother and I were shopping with her and we were having a great time. My wife was looking at the women’s clothing and I was looking in the men’s section. We each thought the other had our daughter. When we realized no one had her – we panicked. We were frantic and ran all over looking for our precious little one. We had security looking and barring the doors and all we could think of was our little girl being lost and taken by someone. She was outside our protection and care – for the moment – and we were scared-to-death!

Soon we heard over the loudspeaker – would the parents of a precious little redheaded girl come to the clothing counter. We were so relieved and there she was – sitting on the counter – holding court – never realizing the trauma her parents had just experienced. We praised God – thanked God for delivering our daughter back to us – and thanked the salespersons for their care. Needless to say – that never happened again – with her or her twin sisters who came along five years later.

Today’s passage reminds us that God always has His eyes on us and even protects us from harm at times. As a nation – today – we celebrate our birthday. I dare say we wouldn’t be the nation we are today without God’s protection and watchful eye. Having said that – I believe we are straying from His will so often – I dare say we might soon find ourselves outside His protection and care.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 121:1-8 – 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

The author believed – as I hope we do – that his protection came from God. A God who is always watching and ready and able to care for us and our needs. I never want to be outside the care and protection of my God!

An umbrella is only effective when we stay under it. If we walk outside the protection of the umbrella – the rain will get us. If we walk outside the care of our God – trouble with not only find us but take us down! Today – as we celebrate our nation – let us pray that our leaders and our fellow Americans will repent and turn to God for protection and care. God has promised to take care of us! As with the umbrella – if we are out from under it’s protection we will get wet – when it rains – but if we get back under it – we can be protected.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 4, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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